5. Amelia (2009)
Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson, Mia Wasikowska
When looked at as American tragedy, Amelia Earhart's story is one of history's creepiest events. The first woman to ever fly over the Atlantic Ocean alone (a feat she accomplished in 1932), Earhart was a highly ambitious pilot who thought she could commandeer her plane all the way around the world. Unfortunately, on the globetrotting journey, her plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean, and her body disappeared. Basically, it's one hell of an Unsolved Mysteries segment.
As directed by the otherwise respectable Mira Nair, everything preceding the crash is comparable to watching Earhart take a two-hour nap in the cockpit. A better-suited filmmaker could one day present Earhart's tragic life with an acute sense of underlying dread, which it deserves. Here, Nair and star Hilary Swank are way too concerned with making audiences fall in love with her, treating Earhart as if she's Julia Roberts in period drama outfits.
The presence of Roberts' Pretty Woman accomplice Richard Gere (playing her publicist/husband) doesn't help matters, either. Amelia spends far too much time dabbling in Earhart's romantic dramas and hardly any examining her unique brand of pop star celebrity, or, as previously mentioned, what the fuck happened to her.